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NC legislators’ answer to rising sea levels? Make rising sea levels illegal!

A recent short article in Scientific American by North Carolina native Scott Huler outlines the latest loony southern denial of science. In the face of forecasts that Atlantic Ocean levels will rise by more than three feet before the end of the century, a group of 20 legislators from coastal… Read the Rest »

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Psycho school psychologists, teabaggers (the original kind) and Carolina snatch flashers. This is why they think Obama is a socialist and the Civil War was about states’ rights

The chapter dedicated to education in Better Off Without ‘Em is titled “The Three Rs of Modern Southern Schools—Revenue, Resentment, Resegregation.” It attempts to explain why southern students historically rank at the bottom of virtually all traditional measures of academic performance. High school graduation rates. SAT scores. Basic literacy. Rebel… Read the Rest »

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It’s “pitchy” and “dog,” but not in a Randy Jackson way

7 types of baseball ballpark eaters A taxonomy of dining-types around the Big Leagues Even if you hate hot dogs. Even if you fear all the nitrates, hormones, cow lips, anal flaps and sawdust pumped into them. Even if stuffing a slippery, pink, semi-rigid flesh pole approximately six inches in… Read the Rest »

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U.S. govt. spending millions to honor seditionists, slaveholders, Klan defenders

Among the many properties destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was Beauvoir, the seaside Mississippi estate where disgraced Confederate president Jefferson Davis (he was indicted for treason and stripped of his American citizenship following the Civil War), lived out his final days. Beauvoir is where Davis spun out his outrageously… Read the Rest »

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Commies still haunt the southern mind

You hear a lot about southerners wanting to re-fight the Civil War. What you don’t hear is that far more of them want to re-fight the wars of the 1950s and ’60s. I include a few examples in BETTER OFF WITHOUT ’EM, but the batshit du jour from the southern… Read the Rest »

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South Carolina is most dysfunctional state in America

In BETTER OFF WITHOUT ‘EM, I nominate South Carolina as the most dysfunctional state in the country and outline the “7 Deadly Sins of Southern Politics,” among them willful obstruction of government. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley’s recent appearance on The Colbert Report underscored my arguments. It also offered a… Read the Rest »

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What defines “The South”?

When putting together BETTER OFF WITHOUT ‘EM, I gave a lot of thought to accurately presenting “The South” in terms of its most significant cultural totems. In the end, I decided on chapters critiquing the region’s six most important societal pillars: religion, politics, race, education, economics and SEC football. Football… Read the Rest »

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Better Off Without ‘Em on iTunes

“Better Off Without ‘Em” is now available for pre-order on iTunes. http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/better-off-without-em/id477112443?mt=11 The book will be released in all formats in August 2012.

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"Better Off Without ‘Em" book update

To answer a few questions that occasionally show up in my email inbox: Yes, this website is still active. Yes, I am at work on a book about the American South. Yes, the projected title is “Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession.” Yes, the scheduled publication… Read the Rest »

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Oregon vs. Auburn: Oregon oracle best prognosticator in nation

Given my contentious appearance on the Alabama-based Paul Finebaum show back in August—see previous post—I may have been obsessing about this season’s Pac-10/SEC crash course more than most. But maybe no more than Kyle Sponseller, whose summer 2010 blog post (link also at bottom) I came across this week during… Read the Rest »